Our Daily Bread 16 July 2019 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 17th July 2018 Devotional

Topic: I Just Can’t Do It

Read: 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 Bible in a Year: Psalms 18–19; Acts 20:17–38

Scripture: The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24 nkjv

Message: “I just can’t do it!” lamented the dejected student. On the page he could see only small print, difficult ideas, and an unforgiving deadline. He needed the help of his teacher.

We might experience similar despair when we read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). Anger is as bad as murder (v. 22). Lust equals adultery (v. 28). And if we dare think we can live up to these standards, we bump into this: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (v. 48).

Our Daily Bread 17th July 2018 Devotional – I Just Can’t Do It

“The Sermon on the Mount produces despair,” says Oswald Chambers. But he saw this as good, because at “the point of despair we are willing to come to [Jesus] as paupers to receive from Him.”

In the counterintuitive way God so often works, those who know they can’t do it on their own are the ones who receive God’s grace. As the apostle Paul put it, “Not many of you were wise by human standards. . . . But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise” (1 Corinthians 1:26–27).

Our Daily Bread 17th July 2018 Devotional – I Just Can’t Do It

In God’s wisdom, the Teacher is also our Savior. When we come to Him in faith, through His Spirit we enjoy His “righteousness, holiness and redemption” (v. 30), and the grace and power to live for Him. That’s why He could say, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for blessing those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, and who hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. You are our righteousness!

Read more from Oswald Chambers at utmost.org

Through the Son we can enjoy life in God’s kingdom.

Our Daily Bread 17th July 2018 Devotional was written by Tim Gustafson (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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